NOLA to Canadian Rockies 2018-Day 11

Steve Kinchen, Sr/ June 25, 2018/ BMW R1200RT, New Orleans to Canadian Rockies 2018, Touring/ 0 comments

Day 11:

Departure Location: Nelson, BC

Time: 08:45

Weather Conditions: cool and overcast

Daily High Temperature: 89F

Destination: Banff, BC

Daily Miles Logged: 353

Arrival Time: 18:30

Provinces Visited: British Columbia, Alberta

Daily Highlights:

  • Kootenay Bay-Balfour Ferry
  • Columbia Icefields Parkway
  • Kananaskis Trail-The highest paved road in Canada, The Highwood Pass. It is located just west of the city of Calgary. Snow on the peaks and common sense tells you this ride must be closed in the winter months

My day began at 04:50 when a loud thunder clap and lightning strike lit up my room like an afternoon thundershower back home.  I knew that the likelihood of us leaving on time was greatly diminished at that point.  Proceeding with the last plan in place, I arose and began the days preparations while Steven Jr stole a few more precious moments of slumber.

Our hotel was nice, but no breakfast.  We elected to try a local place across the street called “Farm Fresh” and it was terrific.  The service was very good and the food seemed to be prepared to order, although my waffles were definitely from the freezer and not freshly prepared.

I loved seeing all of the fresh preserved fruits and veggies lining the walls. It reminded me of home, just a little.

The weather cleared considerably and by 08:45 we were on our way with clearing skies ahead.  Our first stop was a ferry crossing that lasted roughly 35 minutes across the Kootenay Bay.

We waited for the ferry for about 15 minutes in pleasant weather.

Once aboard the ferry, we took some of our gear off and walked around a bit to take in some of the sights.  Our bikes were an almost constant topic of conversations with the other passengers who seemed genuinely interested in not only our bikes but how we had managed to travel such a long way from home on them.

Prayer? A quick cat nap standing up? Maybe a little of both…

My new friend Julius. He is a BMW rider since the early 1970’s. His story was not a happy one in that he had three BMW bikes and hit three deer. He said, “after three BMW’s, I figured I’d buy a Honda…” lol! Really neat old fella that I enjoyed getting to know as a fellow traveler.

Jr is not very interested in being photographed

The scenery was impressive as it has been most of our trip thus far.  We managed our tempo to a pace just slightly above the general traffic flow and made it to our designated lunch stop in Cranbrook, BC.  I had the fish and chips again and the fish was excellent.

The rest of our day was spent plowing down the remaining miles to Banff in order to set up the day for tomorrow as we explore all that this area has to offer before we trek towards Calgary.

We met up with Ben and Tami at the hotel in Banff for dinner and had wonderful conversations about our adventures thus far.  They will be joining in the fun for the next few days before flying back to Orlando at the end of the week.  Tami asked us to recount our highs and lows for the trip thus far.  This was a bit of home as we frequently play this with our kids around the dinner table.  A tradition that is well worth preserving and passing along to them for future generations.


P.S. My highlight was our day of overcoming obstacles in our path as we rode through Lolo Pass.  God showed up and showed Himself very real to us that day…

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